Logistics Deal Will Make Indian Army More Efficient: Pentagon

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Logistics Deal Will Make Indian Army More Efficient: Pentagon

Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said logistics agreement will help make Indian army more efficient.

Washington, United States:  The key logistics defence pact signed between India and the United States of America earlier this week will make joint military operations between the two countries more efficient, the Pentagon said today.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also asserted that strong defence ties between the two countries would help enhance regional security.

"We think it will make the conduct of our operations with the Indian military that much more efficient and effective. And again, it's very consistent with agreements we have with other countries," Mr Cook said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement earlier this week, which facilitates opportunities for 'practical engagement and exchange of military resources.'

Asked about the adverse reaction to the agreement from India's neighbourhood, Mr Cook said no country needs to worry about the pact.

"I would speak to the positive nature about this agreement, which is to enhance the security relationship between our two countries, and security in the region. This agreement and our relationship with India should not be cause for concern for others," he said.

An editorial in the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times had said India should be wary of entering any military agreement with US, which could come at the cost of its autonomy.

"We see this as an opportunity to strengthen out ties with India, our defence ties. And that those enhanced relations represent a security enhancement for the region as a whole," Mr Cook said.

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US Department of Defence spokesperson, Commander Gary Ross said that the agreement facilitates mutual logistical support between the US and Indian Armed Forces by permitting the exchange of authorised supplies and services on short notice without requiring advance payment.

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